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Ground Emergency Medical Transport (GEMT) Initiative in Oregon
Ground Emergency Medical Transport (GEMT) Initiative in Oregon

6/18/18 - OHA hiring for GEMT program positions; GEMT Financial Analyst

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) posted a job announcement for a GEMT Financial Analyst, the second of two GEMT positions that will staff the program moving forward. The announcement is viewable at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/2109544/ground-emergency-medical-transportation-supplemental-payment-financial-analyst-f?keywords=fiscal%20analyst&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

and the application period closes July 17, 2018. 

4/26/18 - GEMT State Plan Amendment approved; program development underway. 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) approved Oregon State Plan Amendment #17-0010, authorizing OHA to implement an initial supplemental payment program offsetting the uncompensated costs of providing emergency medical transport services to Medicaid patients.


More details, including OHA's immediate next steps for program development, are available in the provider notice at this link.  In the short term, there are no steps in place for eligible EMS providers to take. OHA is targeting late calendar year 2018 for training workshops, and January 2019 for program implementation.


Please direct all questions about the planned program, or provider eligibity and participation to GEMT@dhsoha.state.or.us.

9/26/17 - GEMT State Plan Amendment #17-0010 submitted to CMS by OHA.

7/14/17 - OHA seeks public comments on draft GEMT state plan amendment.

Oregon Health Authority posted a public notice calling for comments on its plan to propose an amendment to the State Medicaid Plan to implement a supplemental payment program for ground emergency medical transportation (GEMT), as required under House Bill 4030 of the 2016 legislative session. 

9/19/16 - OHA convenes a EMS Stakeholder Workgroup; initial meeting held.

As directed by HB 4030, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) convened an EMS Stakeholder Workgroup to discuss the role of Oregon's EMS system in healthcare and the State's transformation goals, and to inform the proposed GEMT State Plan Amendment effort.  

3/14/16 - Governor Brown enacted HB 4030, after unanimous legislators' support.  

HB 4030 (formerly LC 62) requires Oregon Health Authority to implement a GEMT supplemental payment program. The full text of the enacted bill, all preceeding versions/amendments, and related process documentation is available on OLIS at this link.

1/2016 - Legislative concept proposed by Oregon GEMT Coalition.

Legislative Concept 62 (LC 62) was posted to the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) on January 27, 2016. Chief Sponsors: Rep. Doherty (D), Rep. Peter Buckley (D), and Rep. Gene Whisnant (R). 

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